The House of Representatives has accomplished three of President Rodrigo Duterte’s legislative agendas in addition to 327 other measures before the Congressional break on 11 October, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. said.
In his report, Andaya said the Lower Chamber responded with speed in connection with the proposed legislations outlined by President as priority bills as they have approved on third and final readings the Coconut Farmers and Industry Development Fund (House Bill 5745), Rice Tariffication (House Bill 7735) and the second package of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Package or the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-Quality Opportunities, also known as the TRABAHO Bill (House Bill 8083).
House Bill 5745 or the Coco Levy Bill has been ratified by the House and the Senate and currently waiting for the signature of the President to enact it as a law.
The Universal Health Care (House Bill 5784), National Land Use and Management Policy (House Bill 4240), and Endo or Security of Tenure Act (House Bill 6908) were also passed in the final reading and currently waiting for their counterpart bills in the Senate.
Having passed the other measures, Andaya said the bill creating the Department of Disaster Resilience and the resolution to amend the 1987 Constitution to introduce a Federal form of government were the only measures which remained unfinished among the priority bills of the President.